Music Biz Headlines, June 15, 2018

CNN covers Saskatoon's tribute to Joni Mitchell, Robbie Williams comes under fire, and the ascent of Jorja Smith. Others in the headlines include Xavier Rudd, Al Muirhead, Kendrick Lamar, Bodega, NOFX, Leon Bridges, Wares, Little Matchgirl, and Wang Chung.

Music Biz Headlines, June 15, 2018

By Kerry Doole

CNN travelled to Saskatoon for Joni Mitchell tribute

The long-awaited tribute to Joni Mitchell in her hometown of Saskatoon attracted not only local friends and fans, but also one of the world’s most influential news organizations  Dave Deibert, Star-Phoenix

Jorja Smith's debut album Lost & Found suggests her ascent is far from over

The 21-year-old British R&B singer has gotten co-signs from Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Stormzy and more, but she wisely resists calling in her famous friends – Del Cowie, NOW

Robbie Williams 'selling soul to dictator Putin' in World Cup gig

The singer is handing Russian leader PR coup by performing at opening ceremony, say critics  – Mattha Busby, The Guardian

Al Muirhead continues to build on his jazz legacy

Becoming a solo recording artist was a long time coming for Al Muirhead but it was definitely worth the wait for the 83-year-old  – Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader=Post


Xavier Rudd's musical spirit sings to his passion for planet

“Creation is what I get off on. We're part of creation and a species of the Earth, though a lot of human beings seem to just be on the Earth. Different cultures and people fascinate me and there are still a few things that I'm hopeful for.” — Xavier Rudd –  Roger Levesque, Calgary Herald

Kendrick Lamar's TDE Championship Tour didn't feel like a team effort

Though it was billed as a label showcase, SZA's absence made the Budweiser Stage tour stop feel more like a typical opener-opener-headliner show –  Kelsey Adams, NOW

After three decades of offending everyone, NOFX finally loses its hard-earned punk rock cred

Long-running punk-rock act NOFX is known for its intentionally offensive humour, but even the band had to admit that recent jokes went too far –  Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Bodega’s catchy critique generates a wave of excitement

Sometimes South by Southwest does indeed work the way South by Southwest is supposed to work. Case in point: Bodega, the Brooklyn art-punk quintet that took it by storm this year –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star 

'They put us in a little box': how racial tensions shape modern soul music

While white Americana singers have infused more soul into their sound, black artists such as Leon Bridges still feel restricted by limited expectations –  Jonathan Bernstein, The Guardian

Wares’ passion and place 

The Edmonton four-piece brings its terrific debut across the nation with fire and heart –   Matt Williams, The Coast


Fyre Festival organizer led scam ticket scheme while out on bail, prosecutors say

The organizer of last year's infamous Fyre Festival led a scheme involving bogus tickets while he was awaiting sentencing for wire fraud, New York federal prosecutors said on Tuesday –   Eric Levenson, CNN

Everybody Have Fun Tonight: Q&A with Wang Chung ahead of Friday's concert

There are several mysteries in rock ‘n’ roll. Who wrote the book of love? Why do fools fall in love? For listeners of another generation, the burning mystery might be, what exactly does it mean to “wang chung tonight”? –  Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal

Little Matchgirl lights up end of Soundstreams season

Ten years after he won the Pulitzer Prize for music, Torontonians have at last been able to hear live performances of American composer David Lang’s The Little Matchgirl Passion this season. It was worth the wait  –  John Terauds, Toronto Star

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